Stepping Away From the Scale

Afternoon! It’s Friiiday – hooray!!

Last night after dinner, the husband and I took advantage of the mild summer evening and sat out back on the patio to enjoy the weather and some conversation.

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And a Hornsby’s cider.

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A little study…

 

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A little cider!

I loved this flavor, but it kinda made my stomach hurt, so I grabbed a glass of H2O to finish out the night.

I woke up earlier than my alarm was supposed to wake me this morning, which always makes me feel robbed of extra shut eye if you ask me. But I woke up starving!

Breakfast!

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It was basically cereal and almond milk… plus some dry oats, jay robb protein powder, chia seeds, maca, and then a blob of almond butter for good measure. Who knew that mess could be delicious?!

You know, I just noticed there’s never a mug of coffee in the picture with my breakfast. It’s not because I don’t drink coffee. I do. And I probably always will! It’s because my coffee is my prelude to breakfast. I wake up and go straight to the french press. By the time I make breakfast, my coffee mug looks just like this:

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After breakfast, I took Shane to get his car since it was being fixed at the dealership, and then hit the trails for a 7 mile run. I typically don’t run a longer run after two consecutive days of running, but I honestly just wanted to get it out of the way and have a nice, relaxing morning tomorrow.

Ended up being a pretty good run!

7 miles in 1:05:32 – an average pace of 9:20

Break it down (wicka wicka!)

1 – 9:57

2 – 9:30

3 – 9:48

4 – 9:06

5 – 9:30

6 – 9:06

7 – 9:05

I drove my sweaty heap of a self to several grocery stores to stock up on some necessities, and also stopped in a health food store for one purchase (psh, yeah right) :

 

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Coincidentally, the man’s father who raises the chickens these eggs once belonged to was kicking it in the store, too. He told me all about the process and how humanely the chickens are treated. Glad he confirmed that for me 😉

Once home, I made the world’s best and simplest smoothie.

 

IMG_8695Recipe can be found here.

I’ll be spending the better part of today updating the recipes tab, finally. Why does that take so much more time than it seems it should?!

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Look what came in the mail today!!

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I immediately dove into the book, obviously. It’s wonderful!

In honor of Operation Beautiful’s book release week, I wanted to pose a challenge. image

This challenge is specifically for anyone who is a slave to the scale. Whether you weigh yourself every day or three times a day, my challenge to you is to simply STEP. AWAY. Better yet, throw the scale away! Easier said than done, right? Well how about trying to go a week without it, and then a month, and so on.

I’ve touched on the body issues and disordered eating I used to have in high school, and I can tell you that one thing that has boosted my body confidence through the roof was making a choice to stop weighing myself. The number on the scale is just that – a NUMBER. It’s not your value, your worth, or who you are. It’s just a silly number. It means nothing. It literally breaks my heart to hear loved ones or clients say they’ll “be happy” once they reach a certain weight. I can tell you that the number on the scale does not equate with happiness. I’ve been there, and at my lowest weight ever I was my unhappiest ever.

Since I’ve quit weighing myself, I’ve gained so much – but my weight has stayed the same! (As far as I know 😉 ) Above all, I’ve gained confidence. I have more confidence in my body than ever before. Do I have the perfect body? Of course not, but I’ve accepted it – flaws and all -  and love it.

Confidence is sexy! Confidence is the miracle push up bra, the magic diet pill, the ultimate skinny pants – whatever you want to call it – it’s beautiful.

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Well I’m off to collect and put together recipes! Have a beautiful Friday, peeps 😀

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9 Responses

  1. great, great post 🙂 You’ll love the book – it’s so fun seeing all the notes and where they’re from!

    Happy Friday!

  2. I try not to weigh myself..i know numbers control how i feel about myself, so i only step on the scale when i have to. It’s very liberating not knowing the number.

  3. Great post, Paige. I agree with your message 100%, ever since I stopped weighing myself and stopped obsessing over the numbers, I have felt like a whole new woman.
    I have a friend that freaks out if she gains a couple pounds, and always keeps me posted on her current weight. I think I will suggest this challenge for her and help her free her mindset!

  4. Hornsby is my favorite beer! YUM!

    I weigh myself on Friday’s just to make sure I’m maintaining–i’m about 10-15 lbs heavier than I used to be and Im ok with maintaining at this weight.

  5. i love your challenge 🙂 I also love that mess of a breakfast!! sometimes the messiest and easiest are the best, right??!?

  6. good jon on the run, the smoothie looks good!

  7. Amazon shipped mine today. I can’t wait!!

    I take on your challenge. After this week of vacation eating (aka NOT HEALTHY) It’s going to take me a couple of weeks to get back to normal.

  8. Love the idea of a nectarine smoothie! YUM!

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